For most of his career, Frank Reich has been known for two things: Leading the Bills to the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history against the Oilers in 1993, and being Jim Kelly's backup in four losing Super Bowl efforts.
Now he's again behind one of the great quarterbacks of all time. This time, though, he's the coach. Reich is the Colts' quarterbacks coach, the guy in the ear of Peyton Manning in all of those practices and meetings. It's his first year as an official member of the team's staff, although he'd been around the team for several years previous.
“It’s been a great journey," Reich said of going from retired player to coach. "When I decided to get back into football, the first call I made was to Bill Polian and thankfully he just opened the door. He said, ‘Tell me how I can help you.’ I said, ‘If something comes up …’ and right away he offered me an internship with the Colts, to come up and do the player internship."
Reich actually participated in the internship with the Colts for two years while job hunting in the NFL.
"I still looked at other places," he said. "I had to because there was no guarantee I was going to get a job here with the Colts. Then when Coach (Tony) Dungy retired, the door opened up. And while I was here for the internship, the guy I worked most with was the quarterbacks coach, Jim Caldwell. So when he became the head coach, there was a great opportunity."